Antonio Cromartie: Rookies Should Attend NFL Draft

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — While NFLPA spokesman George Atallah insisted this week there’s no boycott of the NFL Draft planned, swirling rumors about a competing event being arranged in New York City continue.

So will this year’s top rookies walk across the stage to shake hands with Roger Goodell? Jets free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie thinks they should.

“I hope all the top guys go to Radio City and get the experience as everyone else did,” Cromartie tweeted on Thursday. “I think the fans that go radio city loves it.”

“The prospective players are locked out. That’s the business reality they face,” Atallah said. “They can’t negotiate a contract. So it strikes me as odd that they would attend an event organized by a group of people that locked them out.”

Cromartie, no stranger to controversy, doesn’t agree.

“I’m speaking as fan and as a guy who got drafted. I couldn’t wait till that day,” he wrote.

In January, Cromartie took on both sides in the league’s labor talks, saying they “need to get their (expletive) together and get it done.”

“You’ve got our head union reps acting like an (expletive), and they got their guys acting like them (expletive),” Cromartie told reporters. “You don’t get no information about nothing from the union or the owners. To tell you the truth, they need to get their damn minds together and get this (expletive) done and stop (complaining) about money. Money ain’t nothing.”

Should the incoming players show solidarity with their future teammates, or do they have a right to attend the NFL Draft? Sound off in the comments below…

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One Comment

  1. JOHNNY A says:

    Let these kids have their day! My God…. Does the since decertified players union really understand that while the court of public opinion is not where a deal will be consumated, but it does, without a doubt, matter? It’s unreal that DeMaurice Smith, quickly becoming the NFL’s version of a the hated former head of MLB’s players union,donald Fehr, would look to further alienate the NFL fan base by swiping away something thats afreaking once in a lifetime event for these kids? Just a really dumb idea and the fact that their are NFL players putting pressure on these kids to atend is a disgrace!

  2. damookster says:

    Cromartie is an idiot who should keep his mouth shut. How about mastering something simple, like say birth control, before taking on more complex issues?

    1. dico.j. says:


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